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Madama Butterflyby Giacomo PucciniAugust 3–5, 2012
Set in the 20th century, an American sailor named B.F. Pinkerton arrives in Japan and meets Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman. He calls her Butterfly. She falls in love. He asks for her hand in marriage but considers their romance temporary and has no intention of taking her back to the United States with him. Cio-Cio San marries Pinkerton, and in so doing, turns her back on her family and her faith. Soon after their marriage, Pinkerton leaves her behind. For three years, she waits patiently to be reunited with the man she loves and to introduce him to their son. When Pinkerton finally returns, he brings his American wife, Kate. Cio Cio San is heartbroken to learn that he has not come for her, but has come to take her son back to the United States. Left completely alone, Cio-Cio San is devastated by the loss of her son and the man she loves.